Monthly Archives: November 2017

University Professor Addresses Rise In Sexual Harassment Allegations

11/30/17 – 6:17 P.M.

Sexual harassment allegations have been on the rise in recent months and that has some people concerned. University of Findlay’s Dr. Scott Freehafer said that it is good to see all of these men and women speaking out. However, he says that he’s worried some innocent people could get reprimanded before an investigation is done.

Scott Freehafer

He added that it is important to make sure employees are trained in Human Resource practices.

Scott Freehafer

Freehafer said that this training will help people to understand harassment and perception. He said that sometimes people will say something that can be misconstrued and perceived the wrong way. This can make someone uncomfortable or make them feel threatened.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Looking For Walmart Thieves

11/30/17 – 12:10 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for three people who stole from a Walmart. According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, the theft happened Wednesday before noon. They believe the thieves took off in a blue Ford F-150. You can find pictures on our website.

If you have any information please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 419-523-3208.

Kenton Police Investigate Report Of Man Trying To Lure Teen Into Van

11/30/17 – 7:20 A.M.

Kenton Police are looking into a report that a man tried to lure a teenage girl into his van this week. WKTN radio reports the incident happened in the 500 block of West Franklin Avenue around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

A 15-year-old girl says a man in a tan minivan with a grey stripe pulled up next to her while she was walking in the area. The man offered her a ride, which she rejected. The man allegedly offered her alcohol and marijuana before the girl moved away from the van.

The girl says the van circled the area several times while she hid in playground equipment in a nearby park.

The suspect is a thin white man in his mid 30’s. He had a tan complexion and acne scars on his face. He had medium length brown hair that was slicked and pulled back. The man also had a goatee.

Kenton police continue to investigate the incident.


Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents About Phone Scam

11/30/17 – 6:52 A.M.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to keep an eye out for another scam. WKTN radio reports people are getting calls from people who say they are giving cash rewards to people for being model citizens. They claim Walmart, Apple, and an out of state bank sponsor the award.

The caller then says you can claim your reward by buying an Apple gift card at Walmart. You’re then told to call a separate number and give the gift card ID number. The scammer claims you’ll get your reward after doing that, but the money never comes.

The sheriff’s office says you should just hang up on these calls.


Fostoria Police Investigating Attempted Robbery

11/30/17 – 5:32 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery from the past weekend. Police Chief Keith Loreno says the incident happened at the Circle K at 551 East Lytle Street around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Loreno says the suspect tried to rob the business after throwing an object against the wall. The person didn’t take anything.

Officers are reviewing the security video. Loreno says they have some people of interest in the case.

No other details are available.

Planet Fitness Stabbing Yields No Indictment

11/30/17 – 5:30 A.M.

The man who stabbed another at the Planet Fitness on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay won’t be facing charges. The Courier’s Eileen McClory reports the grand jury decided against indicting 32-year-old Michael Smith. Smith was accused of stabbing 42-year-old Jason Turner. McClory reported that the two have known each other and used to play basketball together.

Turner thought his ex-girlfriend, 47-year-old Ann Morman, was conspiring against him with Smith. This lead to the altercation in the parking lot of Planet Fitness where Smith stabbed Turner. Smith claims that he feared for his life as Turner attacked him. Turner said that Smith struck first and that he was trying to defend himself when Smith pulled out the knife.

You can read more about this in today’s Courier.